Atletico Madrid smash transfer record with £114m capture of Joao Felix to make him fourth most expensive transfer ever

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ATLETICO MADRID have made 19-year-old Joao Felix the fourth most expensive player ever in a huge £114million deal after confirming his signing from Benfica.

The La Liga giants beat Manchester United and City to the signing and look to have replaced Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who announced plans to leave the club.

The La Liga giants beat Manchester United and City to the signing and look to have replaced Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, who announced plans to leave the club
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Felix becomes the most expensive Portuguese player in history, costing £15m than countrymen Cristiano Ronaldo – who signed for Juventus last summer for £99m.

Neymar’s £198m transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 remains the most costly transfer in history.

The French champions paid Monaco £162m for Kylian Mbappe while Philippe Coutinho is the third most expensive signing costing Barcelona £145m from Liverpool.

Atletico managed beat off competition from both Manchester clubs by paying £6m more than the 19-year-old’s £108m release clause as they plan to pay in instalments rather than all up front.

The teen star made 43 appearances last campaign scoring 20 goals while also earning his first call up to the national side.


Felix has been likened to Portugal captain Ronaldo due to his fast feet and skill and found himself playing on both wings but predominantly through the middle last season.

Atletico are also braced to lose rebel striker Diego Costa – who was linked with a big money move to China.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be the man to partner Felix in Atletico’s attack, but Stamford Bridge chiefs are now demanding a £50m transfer fee for the loanee.



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